light into ashes
Dec 26, 2012 8:28pm
Re: 1974 Garcia Interview
We know the band listened to tapes of the Europe tour before playing the Winterland shows.
Some nights were especially poor - like 9/20 was dreadful, and the whole band was distressed with 9/9.
Ned Lagin told the story of the tour to Gans, and mentioned that on "the first night (9/9), the Dead played for a very short period of time, starting late and ending early, because there wasn't the right power equipment. It was really a very frustrating experience for the band...
The second night (9/10) was somewhat longer, and a little better, but everyone was deeply upset about what was going on in terms of preparation... [They were upset enough to have a meeting in which everyone flushed their cocaine.]
For the third show (9/11), it was generally agreed that we would all take LSD, to recoup the good old Grateful Dead. Keith was dosed... [That] was a real high point in my playing with the Dead, one of those times when we were really enjoying each other's musical presence and playing off it. Eyes of the World turned out to be really a great performance. Some people from Pink Floyd and from Apple Records were there to hear what we were doing with computers and electronics..."
From Munich 9/14, Ned mainly just remembers the audience whistling during Seastones.
Of the Dijon 9/18 show, he says "it was a very nice acoustic space, and the audience there was very appreciate and spiritual." He also remembers playing a whole soundcheck set there with the band, with him on electric piano, "one of the better afternoon sets." (Though our soundcheck snippet from that date doesn't seem to reflect that.)
He missed the first Paris show on 9/20, so nothing to say about that.
Then on 9/21, during Seastones "Jerry and Bobby and Billy joined us; the long jam evolved into Playing in the Band, and Keith came out briefly to play during the singing and then left for the entire jam in Playing in the Band. Keith was just resisting the idea that he would come out and join in. After quite a long time playing some wonderful things, we got back close to the tune, and Jerry turned and said under his voice, 'Where's Keith?' ...We started playing the end of the tune; eight bars into it, Keith slid out to the piano. Jerry and Phil were pretty upset with Keith... [But] we were all playing better than ever together. So Jerry told me to stay where I was and play the rest of the night."
He also says he played through most of the Winterland shows, but some of his tracks were damaged or disappeared after the shows.
By the way, I think the comments are where the action's at on the Deadsources site, since I do a running commentary on many points in the articles.